Walk Down Memory Lane: From Trailers and Mobile Homes to Early and Modern Manufactured Homes (Video)

With millions of Americans stuck in ever-rising rental rates, and skyrocketing conventional housing prices, the need for an appealing, safe and affordable option is clear — and the solution is hiding in plain sight. Perhaps 99 percent of all Americans are operating under a number of outdated and misinformed notions about factory-built homes. But that is about to change.

Manufactured housing expert Dick Moore takes us on a fascinating, whirlwind tour of the industry evolution — and revolution — that goes a long way toward replacing false impressions with insights that focus on the important issue of affordable, quality living. 

Phones have evolved, and so have factory-built homes. Photo credit, MHLivingNews.

Just as phones evolved from crank, to desktop, to cells — and now to smart phones that do what no personal computer could do just 15 years ago, trailer houses grew over time into mobile homes, which then evolved into the improved safety, construction and energy standards born in 1976 with the dawn of manufactured housing. 

With Dick Moore as our guide in this nostalgic and enlightening walk down memory lane, surprises abound.

You’ll find additional details about the unexpected conclusions from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cited in this video, here.

And more information about how well modern manufactured homes fare in tornadoes, hurricanes and windstorms is linked here. 

The Energy Star-rated residential-style manufactured homes you see in this video aren’t the only kind of manufactured homes buyers can invest in.

There are basic “shade and shelter” manufactured homes, with entry-level pricing that competes with the cost of some pickup trucks. To learn more about the comparison of entry level to residential-style manufactured homes, click here.

The square footage of this late 50s era Cozy Coach trailer house could fit in the living room of many modern manufactured homes. The video will show mobile homes and stunning modern manufactured homes too. The above is a still from the video on this page. Cozy Coach image credit, Inspectromedia, video icon credit, FindIcon.

With the 40th anniversary of the modern HUD-code manufactured home, built since June 15, 1976 to the rigorous federal standards regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this video tour, from the trailers of yesteryear, to the gloriously appealing and affordable homes of today, is an “aha!” moment that’s long overdue. 

Dick Moore and this video will dramatically illustrate the answer to this question, which points to the durable value and appeal of modern manufactured homes. Image credit – still from the video on this page.

Because of the generosity of manufactured home owners, MH professionals and other experts from across the nation, you and millions of others can get these real-life, behind-the-scenes moments that we call Inside MH: The Road Show.

Enjoy, and check back soon for more videos, lifestyle stories and well-researched reports. ##

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, publisher MHLiving and MHProNews.com, Insider MH host, MH industry consultant and expert.

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

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